Being diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease may seem like the worst thing that can happen to you but not exactly, but that is not the kind of attitude to have. With a little bit of faith and the guide below, you can live a healthy life and be happy. What is Parkinson’s Disease? It’s a disorder that results from a loss of the brain’s control on voluntary movements. How will you know that you have the disease? The four signs to look for are stiff muscles, slowness of movement, unstable balance, and trembling of body parts when you are not moving. Your emotions may begin to become dysfunctional. Sometimes you may be happy, and sometimes you may become sad. Your speech may become irregular. You may find yourself speaking differently or speaking less. When your blood pressure drops, you may begin to feel dizzy a lot. Depression may occur due to the state of being in denial. It is best that you seek professional help. A counselor can direct you in the right path when it comes to your feelings and emotions. It is very important that you control the disease. Do not let it control your life. The things you should do to make your life easier are as followed:
1. Contact a neurologist in your area to set up an appointment and to start getting the proper treatment as soon as possible. Waiting to be seen can result in making problems worse. Try looking in the phone book or ask friends or co-workers if they can refer you to a good one.
2. Make sure you have medical insurance. There are programs in your area that will pay for your medicines or doctor visits. Two familiar health insurance policies are Medicaid and Medicare.
3. Break the news to family and friends. Breaking this kind of news is like a hard pill to swallow. All you have to do is stay calm. If they see you looking weary and depressed, it will trouble their spirits also. Be sure to let them know that you are still the same person, and you will love if they will treat you the same as before.
4. Make sure you have a fit schedule and a medicine chart. Having a daily schedule to follow will make it easier for you to fit in a new lifestyle. It is very important that you take all your medicine on time. Be sure to contact your neurologist if you experience any pain, dizziness, or if you are unable to sleep.
5. Maintain your source of income. There is help for disabled individuals. They can apply for social security benefits such as SSI. This income will help you out a lot being that you may probably be asked to be out of work. For more information, contact your local social security office.
6. Make sure you get plenty of exercise. Be sure to maintain a healthy diet. Working out will improve your moving ability. Try walking with a cane or calling to receive a hover round. Medicaid will cover the costs of this. Eating healthy is the essential key to living a long life.
7. Remember to always keep a positive attitude. This way you can stay happy as well as your family and friends.
Tagliatic Michelle/ Guten Gary N. Horne. Parkinson’s Disease for Dummies. Wiley Publishing Inc., 2007